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Nordic Sterling vintage costume jewelry

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Nordic Sterling vintage costume jewelry

Flower brooch. Gold plated sterling silver, art glass, rhinestones. 9.5 cm. 1940s. Nordic Sterling vintage costume jewelry

Nordic Sterling vintage costume jewelry
New York, N. Y. based jewelry designer of German origin, Frederick Bieberbach (1877-1954) worked for 23 years as the head designer at “Henry Blank and Company” located in New Jersey (from 1912 to 1935). Active from the 1890s until late 1940s, Newark firm of Blank was one of the largest and most successful companies producing jewelry and women’s jeweled wristwatches, pendants, chatelaines, as well as men’s wrist- and pocket watches.
Then, Frederick Bieberbach founded his own company “Nordic Silver Co Inc.” in the 1940s. However, his company worked for a short period, not more than a decade. The short term of work of this company, which produced such high-quality jewelry, is due to the designer’s age (70s), and, his death in 1954.
According to Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, Bieberbach invented original ornamental designs in 1945. Traditionally, he used gold vermeil finish, sterling silver with art glass imitating emeralds, sapphire and ruby, and rhinestones. Signed on the reverse “sterling by Nordic”, or “Nordic Sterling”, most designs include Art Deco style – swirls, ribbons, bows and floral spray brooches and pins.
Gorgeous classic retro style vintage pieces hand crafted by Nordic in the 1940’s are highly collectible now.
According to the vintage jewelry reference books, the company worked with Eisenberg from 1943 to 1948, so sometimes you come across brooches with double markings: Nordic sterling and Eisenberg.

Frog brooch. Sterling silver, glass cabochon, rhinestones brooch pin. 1940s

Frog brooch. Sterling silver, glass cabochon, rhinestones brooch pin. 1940s

marked Sterling Nordic

marked Sterling Nordic

Nordic Sterling vintage costume jewelry

Amethyst and clear rhinestones sterling silver Art Deco brooch. 1940s

Amethyst and clear rhinestones sterling silver Art Deco brooch. 1940s

Art Deco sterling silver rhinestones red glass brooch. 1940s

Art Deco sterling silver gold plated rhinestones red glass brooch. 1940s

Blue glass 925 sterling silver swirl design brooch pin

Blue glass 925 sterling silver swirl design brooch pin

Bow brooch. Sterling silver, pink and clear rhinestones

Bow brooch. Sterling silver, pink and clear rhinestones

Gold plated pave rhinestones red glass brooch pin. 1930s

Gold plated pave rhinestones red glass brooch pin. 1940s

Signature

Signature

Spray floral design pin. Sterling silver, gold vermeil finish, green and clear rhinestones

Spray floral design pin. Sterling silver, gold vermeil finish, green and clear rhinestones

Sterling by Nordic signature

Sterling by Nordic signature

Swirl sterling silver brooch pin

Swirl sterling silver brooch pin

Trumpet flower design sterling silver purple glass

Trumpet flower design sterling silver purple glass